Former White House adviser Sebastian Gorka is coming under fire after making a crude attack on teen climate activist Greta Thunberg's body.
Gorka discussed the teen on his radio program, joining guest Andrew Klavan in mocking her last name and then taking a dig at her appearance.
"Whatever her name. What is her name?" Klavan said, via a clip posted by the media watchdog Media Matters. "Greta Thunberg?"
"Thunder thighs, Greta Thunberg," Gorka replied.
As The Huffington Post noted, there was a swift reaction from critics who called it inappropriate for the 49-year-old former Trump adviser to be making comments on the body of Thunberg, who just turned 17. Some called Gorka "disgusting" for the unnecessary and personal attack.
Chicago Tribune columnist Rex Huppke turned the personal attack back around on Gorka, calling him a "repellent, cretinous glob of beard and meat" in a response on Twitter.
Many noted that the remarks against Thunberg seemed to follow the playbook of Donald Trump, who has frequently lobbed personal insults against the Swedish teen, including an unprompted comment after Thunberg was named Time's "Person of the Year." That time, Trump appeared to criticize her demeanor.
"So ridiculous," Trump said on Twitter. "Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!"
Many accused Trump of attacking Thunberg because he was bitter about not receiving the Time honor himself. For her part, Thunberg has said she was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a neurological disorder known to cause difficulty with communication and social skills.Some have accused the Trump of hypocrisy for Donald's attack on Greta after members of the family said that their own teenage son was off-limits to public references. First Lady Melania Trump defended her husband's attack on Thunberg, saying in a statement that the minor is a public figure, seemingly implying that she is a fair target for criticism.
"It is no secret that the President and First Lady often communicate differently — as most married couples do," Melania said via a spokesperson. "Their son is not an activist who travels the globe giving speeches. He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy."Many on the right have joined Trump in attacking Thunberg. As The Inquisitr noted, Fox News guest Michael Knowles called the teen a "mentally ill Swedish child" after she spoke at the U.N.'s Climate Action Summit. Knowles' remark prompted an apology from the conservative news network.